Pennington, Josslyn

Person Key: 
PEN006
Family Name: 
Pennington
First Name(s): 
Josslyn
Person Title: 
5th Baron Muncaster
Titular Place: 
Muncaster Castle Cumbria
Rank In Peerage: 
Baron
Birth Year: 
1834
Death Year: 
1917
Century: 
19-20
County: 
Cumbria
Biography: 
Josslyn Pennington was the third son of Lowther Augustus John Pennington, 3rd Baron Muncaster, and his wife Frances Catherine, daughter of Sir John Ramsden, 4th Baronet. He was a Captain in the Rifle Brigade and fought in the Crimean War. In 1862 he succeeded his elder brother in the barony, but as this was an Irish peerage, it did not entitle him to an automatic seat in the House of Lords. Muncaster was instead elected to the House of Commons for Cumberland West in 1872, a seat he held until 1880. He later represented Egremont from 1885 to 1892. He was also a Deputy Lieutenant and Justice of the Peace for Cumberland, and served as Lord-Lieutenant of Cumberland between 1876 and 1917. In 1898 he was created Baron Muncaster, of Muncaster in the County of Cumberland, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, thus giving him a seat in the House of Lords. Lord Muncaster married Constance, daughter of Edmund L'Estrange, in 1863. They had no children. He died in March 1917, aged 82, and all his titles became extinct. Lady Muncaster survived her husband by only four months, and died in July 1917.
Seat / Residence(s): 
Muncaster Castle